Important Archaeological Discoveries That Changed History

12 Important Archaeological Discoveries That Changed History

A huge number of valuable archaeological discoveries made in different historical periods allowed us to unfold some of the mysteries and secrets of the past we have always been curious about.

Today, we  invite you to take a look at the most amazing archaeological finds that have drastically changed human history.

Terracotta Army

12 Important Archaeological Discoveries That Changed History


These excavations allowed scientists to take a fresh look at the reign of the first Emperor of China.

A local farmer from Shaanxi province was digging a well when he discovered this vast army in 1947. Thousands of terracotta warriors stand right in front of the tomb of the great Emperor Qin Shi Huang in order to guard him in his afterlife. For researchers, this large construction has become an indicator of the unprecedented humanism and progressive views of the Emperor, as his predecessors were usually ordered to bury everything they needed for the afterlife with them, including a living army. Despite the fact that the guarding army was discovered almost 60 years ago, the tomb of the Emperor itself hasn’t been found yet.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

12 Important Archaeological Discoveries That Changed History


The oldest fragments of the Bible.

A huge collection of ancient manuscripts was found in several places along the north-western shore of the Dead Sea. Studies showed that the scrolls are 1,000 years older than the earliest dated manuscript of the Old Testament. Thanks to these texts, we clearly know what life was really like in those ancient times.

Behistun Inscription

12 Important Archaeological Discoveries That Changed History


A description of historical events of the 6th Century BC.

The inscription was discovered by an English traveler and adventurer, Robert Sherley, during his diplomatic mission in Persia in 1598. It’s a multilingual text carved by the order of King Darius the Great. The inscription on the cliff tells us about the historical events that took place in 523-521 BC. It allowed archaeologists to study ancient and well-known civilizations, such as Mesopotamia, Sumer, Akkad, Persia, and Assyria.

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